Australian News

By Adriaan Anarco-Troika DARWIN - The World Heritage listing of Kakadu National Park could be under threat, the national Resource Assessment Commission was told last week. During a two-day hearing in Darwin, Australian Conservation Foundation

By Tom Jordan Two United States sailors who served on the carrier Ranger during the Gulf War are facing court martial and the possibility of 10 years' imprisonment. The two are being held at Subic Bay in the Philippines. According to Citizen

Aborigines, environmentalists sign accord By Philippa Stanford BRISBANE — Queensland environmental groups and Fraser Island Aborigines have signed an accord which many want to become the basis for state land rights legislation. (Premier Wayne

Support for Timor By Dawn McEwan SYDNEY — The struggle of the East Timorese people against Indonesian occupation was highlighted at a public meeting of 100 people at the Newtown Neighbourhood Centre on April 7. The speaker was Robert Domm, whose

By Bill Mason BRISBANE — Queensland conservationists are angered by a government-appointed task force's recommendation to approve the controversial Tully-Millstream hydroelectric project. They are considering a Franklin-style mass civil

WA students want Austudy reform By Angela Walker PERTH — Western Australian students are calling for major improvements to student income support through reform of the Austudy scheme. Plans include a tent city and rally and a joint public forum

Qld students campaign for security By Philippa Stanford BRISBANE — Staff and students at the University of Queensland are campaigning for increased security on campus. While this has always been an issue, the fight intensified after a woman was

By Peter Boyle Official unemployment rose by 82,400 in March, bringing the total to 777,100 or 9.3% of the workforce. The greatest loss in jobs was in Victoria (59% of March losses) and NSW (27%), where most of manufacturing industry is located.

The Committee to Defend Black Rights has launched a letter-writing campaign to press the federal and state governments to change conditions and practices leading to deaths of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in police custody. The

Progress on NT heritage bill By Adriaan Anarco-Troika DARWIN — Long-awaited legislation to protect the Northern Territory's heritage might be introduced in the May sitting of the Legislative Assembly, according to a spokesperson from the

Walkout over Murdoch sackings By Andrew Bath and Jolyon Campbell MELBOURNE — Journalists with Murdoch's Herald-Sun and Sunday Herald-Sun walked off the job on April 11, following the sacking of Australian Journalists Association house committee

By Michael Bell BRISBANE — Three weeks after the March 23 Brisbane City Council elections, Labor's Jim Soorley was declared lord mayor on April 13. Soorley was elected after winning 70% of Green preferences. Green Alliance candidate Drew Hutton

By Dick Nichols SYDNEY — A small paper products plant in the outer Sydney suburb of Emu Plains has become the latest battlefield in the ongoing drive to break the back of Australia's already weakened trade unions. On March 4, at Vista Paper

Australia moves on oil By Richard Ingram The Hawke government is moving swiftly to sell off Timorese oil following implementation of the Timor Gap treaty with Indonesia. Federal resources minister Alan Griffiths announced on April 9 that the

While green activists around the country discuss last week's call by Tasmanian independent MP Bob Brown for a national green party, it seems some leaders of the green movement are pressing ahead already. Green Left Weekly has received a report

Abortion campaign continues in Brisbane By Susan Price BRISBANE — As part of regular actions around the abortion issue in Queensland, Children By Choice held a successful picket outside Parliament House on April 9. About a dozen women waved

By Tracy Sorensen Once the royal commission hearings began on March 12, it didn't take long for the WA Inc fiasco to break loose from the state government's damage control mechanisms and start running wildly in the direction of Canberra. As

Vic ALP brawls towards defeat By Melanie Sjoberg MELBOURNE — As the Victorian Labor Party staggers towards almost certain defeat at the next state elections, public brawling has intensified in the party's leading circles. With an election

Prisoner release 'a stunt' Israel's much publicised release of 1000 Palestinian political prisoners on April 9 was an "annual theatrical move" according to Palestine Liberation Organisation representative Ali Kazak. The prisoners released had

Lesbian/gay awareness week at UQ By Philippa Stanford BRISBANE — Gays and Lesbians on Campus at the University of Queensland have organised a lesbian and gay awareness week April 15-19. Lesbians and gay men on campus frequently experience

By Ariel Couchman MELBOURNE — The Campaign Against Militarism is preparing protests against the Australian International Defence and Equipment Exhibition (AIDEX), scheduled for November. CAM argues that the exhibition is not in the best

By Ken Davis SYDNEY — Red paint on cathedrals, media headquarters and government offices downtown and in Parramatta: Sydney's morning news on April 8 was dominated by the actions of a new, clandestine gay group, One In Seven. The previous

By Melanie Sjoberg MELBOURNE — Genuine job creation was the main theme of an April 14 unemployment summit attended by around 40 people here. Organised by groups including the Unemployed Workers Union and the Campaign Against Poverty and

Men Against Sexual Assault group formed By Brad Adamson BRISBANE — A branch of Men Against Sexual Assault has formed here and will be holding a rally and march through the city streets on May 11. MASA held its first rally in Melbourne in

Council to vote on 'Sydneygong' By Dick Nichols SYDNEY — April 29 will be a critical day for the environment in Australia. That evening Wollongong City Council, run by right-wing "independents", will vote on whether to allow industrial and

HOBART — Asia-Pacific Action Group wishes to express its deep regret and loss at the recent deaths of two special Tasmanian green activists, Rory Doohan and Gavin McKenzie. Both Gavin and Rory devoted their recent lives to preserving the planet

South Sydney Greens select candidates SYDNEY — South Sydney Greens have announced candidates for two seats in the coming NSW elections. Well-attended meetings in Redfern and Newtown selected Mark Berriman to contest the seat of Heffron and

By Kerry Parnell SYDNEY — The fundamental cause of world environmental destruction, according to environmental activist Georgina Abrahams, is heteropatriarchy. She says that the key to a green future lies in phasing out masculine values on both a

Police racism exposed By Leon Harrison PERTH — Police in WA, Queensland and NSW have been severely criticised in a report on violence against young Aborigines. Interviews with youths held in detention revealed 88% claimed to have been

By Steve Painter SYDNEY — Paul Hill, wrongfully imprisoned in Britain for 15 years, is visiting Australia on behalf of the campaign to free Tim Anderson (CEFTA). In 1974, Hill was the first person arrested under Britain's Prevention of

By David Brazil SYDNEY — The NSW state government is facing strong criticism from environmental groups over its proposed Environment Protection Authority (EPA). Legislation to establish the new body, which is to replace the State Pollution

Three hundred university students from all over Sydney besieged the offices of the ALP in a noisy protest against campus overcrowding on April 16, reports Barry Healy. A rock band from Sydney University played protest songs written especially for the

Gladstone strike threatened By Bill Mason BRISBANE — A major row is brewing over the dismissal without warning of 90 workers at Comalco's Boyne Island aluminium smelter near Gladstone. Preparations for the use of scabs to keep the plant going

Middle East coalition established By Sue Bull SYDNEY — Despite media rumours that the peace movement has packed up shop due to the US victory in the Gulf War, a new group here — Middle East Action Coalition — has called for a picket on

Greens stand for Yabsley's seat SYDNEY — The Eastern Suburbs Greens have preselected Geoff Ash as their candidate for the seat of Vaucluse in the upcoming state election. Ash stood as the Greens' candidate for Wentworth in the February 1990

By Dick Nichols SYDNEY — With uranium policy set to dominate the June Federal Conference of the ALP, an umbrella group of antinuclear campaigners, Campaign for a Nuclear-Free Australia, is moving to fight any attempt by the Hawke government to

By Peter Boyle Nobody could accuse the ACTU leadership of strategic genius. They locked themselves into the Labor government's rigged wages system right through the boom of the '80s, systematically opposing any attempt to pursue claims outside the

Senior nurses fight for jobs By Susan Price BRISBANE — About 150 senior nursing staff and supporters demonstrated outside Parliament House on April 10, calling for an end to the Goss Labor government's plans to abolish senior nursing positions

By Melanie Sjoberg MELBOURNE — At 193 Smith Street, Fitzroy, opposite the Collingwood Post Office, is the shopfront office of the International Women's Development Agency. People come in off the street to talk, volunteers come in to work. The

Wetland decision deferred By David Brazil Greater Taree City Council this week reserved a decision on a sand mining development application affecting one of the most sensitive wetlands on the NSW north coast. BHP-Utah wants to establish

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